Replacement guns arrive for transit authority police

October 12, 2003

Two months after discovering what the chief called a "design flaw" in pistols purchased for the Maryland Transportation Authority's more than 400 police officers, 450 new handguns arrived last week to replace them.

The .40-caliber Glocks will be handed out in the coming week as officers are trained to use them, said authority Police Chief Gary W. McLhinney. The new guns were paid for with $230,000 in emergency procurement money, he said.

The Berettas originally purchased were not reliably firing when the trigger was pulled, McLhinney said. Beretta would not take back the original weapons, he said.

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